UK stayer gives Muswellbrook meeting some star power

The much-anticipated return of a high class former UK stayer who will head towards far more lucrative races nearer the autumn leaves some under-the-radar value in the final race at Muswellbrook on Thursday.

The story of lightly-raced eight-year-old Streetcar To The Stars is bizarre. After bursting on to the scene as a young horse, the son of the great Sea The Stars was twice close at group three level in the UK as a three-year-old, but setbacks and countless changes of plan meant he was off the racetrack for years before revitalising his career in Melbourne. Last July he was heavily-backed in a Benchmark 78 at Sandown (2400m) before running a close second and then produced a similar effort at Moonee Valley.

Now in the Newcastle yard of Paul Perry, Streetcar To The Stars – who has still only raced seven times for one win – resumes in far more humble company – a Class 1 and Maiden Plate over 1750m. His presence means a cramped price, yet value elsewhere if punters take on the big-striding gelding.

One potential fly in the ointment is Newcastle three-year-old Elcano ($13 in early betting) who is banging down the door to win his maiden after three strong runs this preparation, and the extra trip and long run in should both suit. Down in weight and with leading rider Andrew Gibbons aboard, Elcano looks good value.

Elsewhere on a very competitive card, Rosehill three-year-old Beaufort Park ($4.60) in the first race was unlucky when held up at crucial times resuming in a Goulburn maiden before Christmas. He looks a progressive and big track horse who just wants clear air from the top of the straight, and any horse by Warhead out of Warlady should be ready for any battle.

And speaking of horses on the rise, don't take your eyes off Mudgee four-year-old Healing Hands ($2.80) in race two – a class 1 over 1280 metres. The writing was always on the wall after a "special" trial at Scone and he confirmed his future with a powerful maiden win as a heavily-backed favourite on debut at Dubbo after covering a stack of early ground. The long run in at Muswellbrook should be right up his alley, and he could aim at a good metro race during the autumn carnival.

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